House Bill 1344; House Bill 1545; Attorney General's Efforts to Combat Opioid Crisis; State Boards and Commissions Advisory Committee
Written by Legislative Consultant, Bruce Hironimus

March 9, 2018

The House Professional Licensure Committee held a public hearing on House Bill 1344, sponsored by minority chairman Harry Readshaw which creates professional licensure requirements and a separate medical licensing board for medical physicists. The underlying premise of disagreement is the potential redundancy of an additional regulatory layer. 

The House Professional Licensure Committee also held a public hearing on House Bill 1545 sponsored by House Majority Whip Brian Cutler, which creates licensing standards for radiologic technicians. It is noteworthy that Rep. Cutler was a radiologic technician prior to his election to the House of Representatives. The Committee will be evaluating this subject over the next few months.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro testified before the House Appropriations Committee to discuss his office's efforts to combat the opioid crisis. POMA will hear firsthand from the Attorney General as he will be the keynote speaker on May 2, 2018 at the upcoming Annual Clinical Assembly in Valley Forge.

Governor Wolf's executive order to review all state boards and commissions resulted in the creation of an advisory board. Their activities will result in a July report offering recommendations for administrative, regulatory and statutory action. St. Francis University is developing comparative research to support the effort. Meetings with relevant advisory group members and state officials will be ongoing to ensure positive outcomes.